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The Cliff Spa at The Cliff House Resort & Spa in Ogunquit, Maine
Julie Register experienced this cliffside spa in October 2008

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Set the WayBack Machine to the summer of 1980. After driving through the night in my bright yellow Pinto, my husband Jeff and I and our best friends from our Georgia Tech days, Linda and Frank, crossed from New Hampshire into Maine. We were headed to Reid State Park to snooze and shower before going to Five Isles for a picnic lunch of fabulously fresh lobster. We wanted to explore the coast on the way and somehow ended up on Shore Road which eventually led to The Cliff House. This hotel was set on the magnificent Bald Head Cliff and is now the picture that comes to my mind when I hear someone talking about the rocky coast of Maine. We vowed that we would return some day and stay for a while.

Back to the future...28 years later - Jeff and I finally return. We've changed a lot in that time - kids have come and gone (and come back!) - and so has The Cliff House - most notably with the addition of the Cliff Spa.

We arrived late on a dreary, wet, and foggy fall afternoon. We checked in, settled into our room in the Cliffscape building and had a lobster dinner in the Dining Room that overlooks the cliff and ocean. Even though it was October, it was still warm. We left the windows open and slept peacefully to the rhythmic sound of waves crashing on the rocks.

A beautiful new day dawned, and we enjoyed the clear views from the Dining Room while we had breakfast. Afterwards, we headed to the oceanfront spa. It's in the separate spa building which is connected to Cliffscape via a tunnel or by a short walk outside.

We entered the spa building and passed the retail boutique. After checking in at the spa reception desk, I walked with Jeff to the fitness center to take a peak. On the lower level, there is a 75-foot lap pool and whirlpool. On the upper lever, there is a bank of cardio equipment with individual TV screens and a gorgeous view of the ocean beyond the outdoor infinity-edge pool and whirlpool (closed for the season during our visit). At the far end, there are strength machines and free weights. This all also overlooked the lower level swimming pool.

Lap Pool at the Cliff Spa
Lap Pool at the Cliff Spa

Fitness Center at the Cliff Spa
Fitness Center at the Cliff Spa

Fitness Center at the Cliff Spa
Fitness Center at the Cliff Spa

Fitness Center at the Cliff Spa
Fitness Center at the Cliff Spa


Jeff stayed to work out, and I returned to the spa reception area. I was told to go to the women's locker room to change then wait in the lounge. I had plenty of time before my appointment, so I took advantage of the steam and sauna in the locker room.

When I'd had enough heat, I wandered into the co-ed lounge.

Just outside the lounge is a labyrinth based on the pattern of the labyrinth at Chartres. Again, the views were spectacular! I slowly walked along its path completely enjoying the fresh air, warm sun and sound of the surf until it was time for my treatment.

The Cliff Spa's menu of services uses symbols to indicate services that feature all natural products and those that are unique to the Cliff Spa including Blueberry Body Wraps, Native Juniper Berry Wraps, The Cliff House Seashell Massage and Maine Blueberry Manicures and Pedicures.

I was having the 1 hour, 50 minute Atlantic Well-Being Therapy. My therapist, Carleen, escorted me to a tiled treatment room with a stained glass shower door. She pointed out the heated towel rack and suggested I use it for my robe when I get undressed (nice touch!). I settled on the treatment table, and Carleen returned to give me a nice scalp massage with hair conditioner and a salt scrub to exfoliate my skin. I rinsed off behind the pretty stained glass door and returned to the table for a deeply relaxing stone massage with a warm combination of green tea, ginkgo and ginger plant oils. The treatment ended with a body wrap with Babor's ScenTao cream, a mini-facial with Babor products and a head massage to bring it full circle. As I left the treatment room in my warm robe, Carleen gave me an inspirational card that said, "I love and approve of myself. I appreciate all that I do. I am good enough just as I am. I speak up for myself. I ask for what I want. I claim my power." I returned to the labyrinth to walk and meditate on these thoughts.

The Cliff Spa has 10 spa treatment rooms, a manicure room and a pedicure room. Other services available at the time of my visit at the Cliff Spa at the Cliff House Resort & Spa include:

Exfoliating body treatments

  • Blueberry Body Wrap
  • Maine Wild Rose Wrap
  • Native Juniper Berry Wrap
  • Rich Espresso Mud Wrap
  • Soothing Herbal Tea Treatment
  • Sea Salt Body Buff
  • Blueberry and Rice Body Polish
  • Red Algae Luxury Detox & Slimming Treatment

Customized Therapies

  • Atlantic Well-Being Therapy
  • Ocean Memory Marine Spa Ritual
  • Aromatherapy Hot Towel Massage
  • Treasure of the Sea
  • Immune Boosting Therapy

Massage

  • The Cliff House Signature Massage
  • The Cliff House Stone Massage
  • The Cliff House Seashell Massage
  • Table Thai Massage
  • Customized Massage Therapy
  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Reiki
  • Head, Neck and Shoulder Massage
  • Soothing Foot Massage
  • Cliff Spa In-Room Couples Massage

Massage Enhancements

  • Wild Lime Blossom Scalp Massage

Skin Care

  • Beyond Botox Facial
  • The Cliff House Signature Facial
  • Atlantic Antioxidant Facial
  • Sensitive Skin Facial
  • Skin Renewal Facial
  • Customized Facial
  • The Pampered Back

Skin Care Enhancements

  • Neck and Decollete Treatment
  • Flower Acid Peel
  • Facial Waxing
  • Lip And Eye Treatment

Nail Services

  • Main Blueberry
  • The Healing Journey
  • Espresso Decadence
  • Polish Change for Hands or Feet

Nail Service Enhancements

  • French Polish Upgrade
  • Paraffin Hand or Foot Treatment

Customized Make-Up Artistry

  • Make-up Lesson
  • Bridal Make-up

Mainely Men

  • Gentleman's Facial
  • Gentleman's Manicure
  • Gentleman's Pedicure

The Cliff House Resort & Spa is a family owned business, welcoming guests since 1872. It's set on seventy acres high above Bald Head Cliff - a uniquely beautiful setting. Other buildings with guest rooms include the Cliff Spa, Cliff Top and Ledges. Each guest room features a picture window and deck with views of the coast and ocean, combination tub/shower bath, hair dryer, coffeemaker, cable TV, heat and air conditioning, direct dial phone and wired high-speed internet access (additional charge). There is an indoor family pool and whirlpool and a business center and conference facilities in the Cliffscape building. There are outdoor tennis courts and an additional outdoor family pool.

The Cliff House Resort & Spa is open from April through November. Packages available at the time of my visit were enticing:

  • Spa Sampler - 3 Nights
    Includes ocean-view Spa lodging; full breakfast each morning; lobster dinner or choice of entrée with beverage, appetizer and dessert one night of your choice; $200 spa credit and $25 Cliff House money per person; Maine sales tax and service charges.
  • Spa Sampler - 4 Nights
    Includes ocean-view Spa lodging; full breakfast each morning; lobster dinner or choice of entrée with beverage, appetizer and dessert one night of your choice; $300 spa credit and $25 Cliff House money per person; Maine sales tax and service charges.

  • Spa Romance
    Includes ocean-view Spa lodging; full breakfast each morning; lobster dinner or choice of entrée with beverage, appetizer and dessert one night of your choice; $125 spa credit per person with option for in-room massage, champagne with glasses, a rose and a box of truffles; Maine sales tax and service charges.

  • Mothers/Daughters/Sisters/Friends
    Includes ocean-view Spa lodging; full breakfast each morning; lobster dinner or choice of menu entrée with beverage, appetizer and dessert one night of your choice; $125 spa credit per person; box of truffles, champagne and glasses, and a rose for your room; Maine sales tax and service charges.

On one of the days of our stay, we ventured into the town of Ogunquit (about 10 minutes from The Cliff House) where there are lots of quaint shops and busy restaurants. The feature that I loved best was the Marginal Way, a 1¼ mile footpath offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic coast while "meandering by tangled bayberry and bittersweet bushes, gnarled shrubs of fragrant pink and white sea roses and shaded alcoves formed by wind-twisted cedar trees." The Town of Ogunquit has maintained the Marginal Way for more than 80 years. It is one of the finest, most spectacular and most accessible panoramas of rocky coastal shoreline in Maine.

The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine
The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine

The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine
The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine
The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine
The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine

The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine
The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine
The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine
The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine
The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine
The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine
The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine
The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine

 

More Information

Contact
The Cliff Spa at The Cliff House Resort & Spa
Address: Shore Road, Ogunquit, ME 03907
Telephone: 207-361-1000
Email: info@cliffhousemaine.com
Web Site: http://www.cliffhousemaine.com/

Related Resources
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www.ogunquit.org
Marginal Way Preservation Fund

SPA FYI

FITNESS MEMBERSHIP - Membership packages are available to non-hotel guests. Package information for 1-, 3- and 8-month memberships can be found on the Web site.
GROUP FITNESS CLASSES - Please call the Spa Front Desk for a complete list of class offerings, schedules and availability.
AGE REQUIREMENT - At least 18 years of age.
SERVICE PRICING - All service prices do not include gratuity. Gratuity is left to your discretion and should be based on the satisfaction of services. Guests often use fine dining gratuity (15-20%) as a guideline.
CANCELLATION POLICY - Appointments cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled time will be billed at the full price of service.
GIFT CERTIFICATES - Gift Certificates are perfect for any occasion and may be used throughout the Resort. Certificates are available for purchase through the Hotel Front Desk, online, by phone or mail.


Photos copyright 2008, Julie Register
unless marked * which are courtesy of
The Cliff House Resort & Spa

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